How to Value Individuality and Create an Enstatic School
Chapter 2: People Who Need People: Valuing the Personal in Education
People Who Need People: Valuing the Personal in Education
Loneliness felt like I didn’t exist and I kept messing things up and I felt lost deep, deep deep down inside me and that hurted my feelings alot— ANNIE (aged 7)
Introduction: Am I Alone?
The last hundred years has been dominated by movements working in opposite directions. In the wake of Freud’s work on the subconscious, it has been a deeply personal, self-reflective, therapeutic and individualistic century. But in the wake of late industrialism, including the industrialisation of war, it has been a globalised and impersonal century. Wildernesses have been disappearing and communications technologies have been seeping in everywhere, leaving very few places to hide other than within introspection itself. Aloneness itself is at risk, with Benjamin describing how dangerous this could be, as he was addicted to ‘that most terrible drug – ourselves – which we take in solitude’ (Benjamin 1997: 237). People need each other, and people are also rejecting and destroying each other. In the last century, the ‘inward turn’ started by Augustine and coming to fruition in modernism (Taylor 1989: 177), gets to the point where people are in need of their own personhood and yet can end up rejecting and destroying themselves. This chapter explores how people need each other, and need themselves, in a context where the impersonal can so easily dominate. A young person says ‘I hardly ever have solitude in school’ and goes on...
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